This is a playtest report for my running of the One Shot featuring blindblue in Apocolypse World.
The game started at 1:30 and we managed to muddle threw character creation by 2:00. Character creation seemed to go mostly smooth, but my poor layout of the playbooks lead to some confusion. People really enjoyed the colour for character creation (things like hard eyes, soft eyes, etc). We had a Hardholder, A Skinner, A Brainer, and a Chopper and play continued til 6.
The play consisted of, intro and running the keep. Then there was raiding for supplies. THen their was much too late investigation, and then defending the city.
Intro and running of the Keep
Just kinda easing everyone into character, the character interactions especially in the one shot, (with the I'm your friend, and I'm your lover, and I love you and all that ) worked really well to start social interactions. The Hardholder's constant replies of 'Goddamn' and "Fuck' as everything and everybody came to rest at his doorstep was pretty spot on I feel. I ended up running the angel as a Dmpc (who ended up being called originally angel) which worked well enough. The Questions and letters from the beginging of the game worked out really well. The biggest conflict of the intro was the Hardholder making the Chopper into the border patrol, after the previous border patrol was wiped out (RIP BA). The conflict also lead into some Alpha dog posing, which lead to bid of leadership by Whychurch, which lead to the Hardholder shooting the poor mans brains out. The Chopper, not wanting to look weak, shot someone in the leg to make up for it.
The Skinner seduced the Hardholder to let the girl micca live at the same time the Brainer mindraped Micca to get the answers out (which revealed how thoroughly horrible the girls life had been, and how she didnt recall stabbing the hardholder via blackout). The Brainer then ended up smuggling micca out and taking the body of Whychurch and flaying all the skin off it, to replace micca and make it look like she was dead. The Brainer and micca end up shacking up after the game... The Skinner also had the first of the
faces made by the maelstrom which was offering help and suggesting that the Skinner should be doing something else
During this time I was calling out future badness , saying how the waders weren't fishing as much as they should be because they were sickly, which was promptly meet by the Hardholder sending, Wooden their head enforcer to quell the waders. Mucho hijinks ensued as the Chopper repeatedly used his FUCKING THEIVES ability to find the Hardholder's food stashed in the backpacks. This was pinned on the new guy WIRE (to replace Whychurch) by clever placement of wrappers and canned goods.
While all this was going on the Hardholder and the Chopper got a plan to gather more supplies to make up for the missing food source, and the increased medical supplies needed. The Chopper suggested that someone 'more complicated' go with them to help them raid good stuff. The Angel agreeing with them, volunteered, until the hardholder said no, because they would be royally screwed if their only angel died. The Hardholder then decided to send the angel's assistant instead. The Angel's assistant was Camo her little brother, when the Angel said FUCK NO, the Hardholder had to go aggro to get her to go along.
The low food also got the Skinner and Wooden as the powergirl detective agency to track down where the food was missing from. THey ended up tracking wire down later (with all the signs pointing to him) as he was bartering his bike to the Angel. The Angel pretty clearly was getting the fuck out but the Hardholder was tipped off by the Powergirl Detective Agency. Another struggle between the hardholder and the angel resulted in the angel being taken into custody and the bike lost, at the cost of popping all the hardholder's stiches (because micca got him good right between the ribs). The Angel grudgingly returned to work with a guard Pull, who having bent over to pick up a syringe, got an assfull of sedative, and the angel scaddaled.
The Raid itself (a 30 man gang and a 15 man backup gang from the hardholder) went okay even thought they thought it would be good to raid THRU ambergrease as apposed to arround him. The Angel reappeared at the last minute to try to grab her brother and leave before Chocolate Mint, the Hardholders representative wrastled her and disarmed her. While this was going on , the Chopper pulled his men back and the rest of the Hardholder's gang was destroyed except for Chocomint. The bikers then scadadled with a fair ammount of gear while this was going on the brainer was attempting to put together why everything was going on, eventually finding Madam Olva who was dealing in mind altering and (as we would find out later) infectious substances distilled from mudfish. The Brainer not wanting to man handle the elderly lady, left and returned much later with men to find Madam Olva disappeared.
The Skinner was having a second heart about the Hardholder's appropiateness for leadership, and reached out to Dustwich, who played hard to get , but only a little. The Skinner ended up using her hold of Dustwich to provide more food for the hold and eventually to force Dustwich and the Hardholder to rule together if only for a brief time.
The Hardholder found the angel and tried to talk to her just in time to have Rubik, one of his men, puke blood all over his shoes. The Hardholder picked him up and with the angel went to the infirmy. The Skinner having seen this, got the Brainer and was beinging to put two and two together. This is when the Brainer asked the maelstorm if Madam Olva was working for Ambergrease (yes) and why she was doing what she was doing (to prepare for an attack) at the same time the Maestorm sent a
'I'm coming 4 u' mesage to the Skinner and the Chopper realized that Ambergreases gang was getting ready to attack.
The Hardholder went with his Wallgang (lead by the brave peanut) and the Chopper to fight off the Ambergrease gangs (featuring wooden barrels of jet fuel to destroy the shanty town) while the plague finally matured and all the waders and a good chuck of the guard started puking blood. The Skinner and the Brainer ended up huddling in the cells and overall almost everyone died. A badroll to retreat (do something under fire) resulted in a hard choice for the Chopper survive with his gang but all be put to 11pm damage or surivive by himself a 9pm damage. The Chopper leader ran and used disfigurement to ensure survival. The Hardholder with his men managed to fight back the rest of thegangs but at horrible loss. Between the Disease, the fire and the fighting only about 20 people survived in the hachet city (from 200ish) while only about 10 people survived from Ambergrease.
Overall the session was well recieved. We didnt really track experiance advancement or us Hx (we did the prep for it, but no one used any Hx moves) but if we had most of the players would have gotten an advancement. People really seemed to enjoy themselves, and even the non hard characters felt useful and contributive at the same rate and all that. the sex rules where used (and used and used) and they went over pretty well, as well as showing how a 'power behind the throne' could work. Overall it went really smoothly, and aside from perhaps me not being the most certain over the combat flow and the itch to throw dice myself I really couldn't expect any better.